We will be holding a beginners course, starting on Friday 8th October for 8 weeks. Tickets will be available for purchase on the club admin site at 10am on Wednesday 29th September. Since we’ve not run a course for nearly two years, we expect that there will be high demand for places. If you’re not able to book, please be assured that we plan to hold another course in the early spring (COVID-permitting).
Our regular club sessions will be restarting this week (21st September). If you managed to come to the club since the COVID pandemic started, then everything will be very similar to then, although we can now welcome more people to each session. Everyone is really looking forward to getting back to fencing, so please do book a space at a session and come along!
The gate code has changed, so please check your email for the new one.
There is a new risk assessment and COVID instructions for you to read on the website (below).
The club committee has been working hard on getting us ready to restart sessions. Here is the risk assessment for club sessions.
Please read the instructions that try to explain the various things that we’ll each need to do for a club session to take place.
Club sessions have changed a little bit from what you may be used to.
- You must book a space at a session before you leave home, and complete the health questions for everyone (including parents/volunteers) who will be entering the school site. If there are no tickets available, then please do not come.
- Everyone in the sports hall should wear a face mask at all times when not fencing.
- We invite everyone to wear a face mask or liner whilst fencing to ensure that everyone feels safe.
- Parents/guardians who wish to accompany their children MUST remain in the hall for the duration, and will be asked to help out with running the session.
- Read the instructions (download link below) to familiarise yourself with what to do.
- Take things easy when fencing, it’s great to be back but it’s been a while.
We’re going to be resuming club sessions on Tuesday 21st September at Rye. Friday sessions will restart on 24th September. There will be some changes to our protocols and we’ll communicate those nearer the time. As before, we’re going to ask everyone to book in on the day of the session via the form on our admin site since we still need to control numbers attending the club.
Our club AGM will be held at 20:30 on Thursday 15th July online via Google Meet. Members should have received an email with details for the call, but if not, please do get in touch.Continue reading
We plan to resume club sessions from 8th June. For the first few sessions, the focus will be on fencers who already know the sport to make sure that we can operate safely as a club. Once that’s completed and we’re running regular fencing sessions, we hope to be able to open our beginners courses and taster sessions to new fencers who’d like to get started.
If you’d like us to let you know when we announce courses, please sign up below.
Following the announcement of the government’s latest roadmap out of COVID restrictions in England, it looks like we might be able to hold sessions from mid-May onwards. Of course, this is subject to relaxation of the current rules, and the number of cases continuing to reduce.
British Fencing has posted their understanding of the current roadmap here: https://www.britishfencing.com/roadmap_for_easing_of_restrictions/ and we’ll update our plans once we know when we’ll be able to open again.
We are not holding club sessions on account of the high COVID transmission rate in Oxford. It is the club’s ambition to offer training sessions for under-18s and fitness/footwork sessions for over-18s in the new year, once the COVID alert level is reduced. Whilst Oxford remains in Tier 3 or higher, we don’t plan to hold any training sessions. Regular sessions will commence for all once we return to Tier 1, or the government guidance changes.
Sessions will be announced here, and we will email also all current members ahead of sessions being available. Hope to see you on piste soon!
It looks like we will not be able to offer fencing sessions in November because of the new lockdown rules that were announced by the prime minister on 31st October and which will be applied from 5th November.
It had been our hope to be able to offer something for junior members whilst Oxford was in COVID Tier 2 since there are specific exemptions under that scheme for activities for younger people. We do not think that this will be possible now. We will keep abreast of the guidance from British Fencing and the government and make announcements here as soon as we know more.